WHO con­firms MERS-CoV case in Oman

The in­fec­tion was re­ported in a 54 year old male from Mu­san­nah

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Oman re­ported a case of the Mid­dle East Res­pi­ra­tory Syn­drome Coron­avirus (MERS-CoV) on Au­gust 30, WHO has said. Twelve cases were also re­ported from Saudi Ara­bia be­tween Au­gust 15 and 30.

“On Au­gust 30, the na­tional IHR fo­cal point of Oman re­ported one case of MERS-CoV. The last re­port of MERS-CoV from Oman was on Novem­ber 29, 2016,” the WHO said in a state­ment.

The in­fec­tion was re­ported in a 54 year old male from Mu­san­nah.

He was first hos­pi­talised on Au­gust 21, while lab­o­ra­tory con- fir­ma­tion came on Au­gust 29. The pa­tient’s con­di­tion was said to be sta­ble.

“The Min­istry of Health in Oman is con­duct­ing con­tact trac­ing and fol­low-up of fam­ily and health­care work­ers at the hos­pi­tals where the pa­tient was treated. Lab­o­ra­tory test­ing for symp­to­matic and high-risk fam­ily con­tacts, in­clud­ing health­care work­ers is un­der way. Com­mu­nity mem­bers and those who have been in con­tact with the pa­tient are be­ing ed­u­cated on in­fec­tion pre­ven­tion, mass gath­er­ings, travel, and other re­lated top­ics, fol­low­ing Oman MERS-CoV Na­tional Pre­pared­ness and Re­sponse Guide­lines,” WHO said.

Glob­ally, 2,080 lab­o­ra­to­rycon­firmed MERS-CoV cases in­clud­ing at least 722 re­lated deaths have been re­ported to WHO till Septem­ber 12.

Ac­cord­ing to WHO, MERSCoV causes se­vere hu­man in­fec­tions re­sult­ing in high mor­tal­ity. Close di­rect or in­di­rect con­tact with in­fected drom­e­daries is the source of hu­man in­fec­tions. MERS-CoV has demon­strated the abil­ity to trans­mit be­tween hu­mans.

WHO added that the no­ti­fi­ca­tion of ad­di­tional cases does not change the over­all risk as­sess­ment. “WHO ex­pects that ad­di­tional cases of MERS-CoV in­fec­tion will be re­ported from the Mid­dle East, and that cases will con­tinue to be ex­ported to other coun­tries by in­di­vid­u­als who might ac­quire the in­fec­tion af­ter ex­po­sure to an­i­mals or an­i­mal prod­ucts or a hu­man source (in a health­care set­ting).”

The last re­port of Mid­dle East Res­pi­ra­tory Syn­drome Coron­avirus from Oman was on Novem­ber 29, 2016, the WHO said

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